The Danish Girl

DanishGirl

Eddie Redmayne is wonderful in this film. Incredibly well cast, he does a fantastic job portraying Lili Elbe, one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the 1920s. I believed him as Einar (the male body in which Lili was born), and, even more so, I believed him as Lili. And I believed him when he was stuck in between.

And don’t even get me started on Alicia Vikander as Gerda, Einar’s loving and devoted wife. If the film is true to life, then Gerda was an astounding woman for her time—so much more than the fearful, fragile housewife one would expect to find in this story—and Vikander played her the way she deserved to be played: brilliantly.

Oh, and the tagline is lovely: “Find the courage to be yourself.”

The 33

The33

I hate to say it, because this truly was/is an incredible story—and heart wrenching to boot—but honestly, the first half hour and the last fifteen minutes are all you really need to watch. And though I wish it were not the case, here are a few things that you could do to pass about an hour in the middle and still not miss a beat:

  • Change into your exercise clothes, lace up your runners, and meander on down to the store to purchase the ingredients to make Rice Krispie treats
  • Whip up a batch of Rice Krispie treats
  • Eat Rice Krispie treats while watching two episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  • Look up hilarious blooper reels of Brooklyn Nine-Nine